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Treatment for cramps in left arm and hand whilst lunging a horse - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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User :   Hi there, i am getting serious cramp in my left arm and hand whilst lunging a horse an activity i have only recently started, the problem occurs whilst holding and using the lunge whip in the left hand only after a few minutes the arm and hand cramp and stiffen up and i basically drop the whip,it becomes so weak, this does not happen in the right hand (i am right handed). why is this happening and is there anything i can do to help correct this, many thanks
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   let me read ur query
Doctor :   may i know your age and how long have u had this ?
User :   i am 33 years old this has only just started since doing this activity last 2 months
Doctor :   does this happen when u lift your arm upwards ?
Doctor :   and how long the weakness and numbness persists ?
User :   arm is moved in a side to side moyion
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   this seems to that, there is somehing compressing the nerve
User :   and
Doctor :   you might consider getting a MRI OF THE cervical vertebrae
Doctor :   and an Xray of the shoulder and the neck
User :   i have had cervix removed
Doctor :   a MRI will detec any nerve iimpingment
Doctor :   no, i can speaking of the neck bone (cervical vertebrae)
Doctor :   not the cervix in the uterus
User :   could this not just be a weak left arm
Doctor :   weakness arises either due to defect in the nerv e or the muscle
Doctor :   muscle weakness will have crampy pain and spsm
Doctor :   *spasm
User :   so would not be the fact that i rarely use the left in this way
Doctor :   your symptoms indicate a nerve issue
User :   is this serious
Doctor :   depends on the severity
User :   can it be easily rectified
Doctor :   most of the tim,e physiotherapy and streching excecises will help easily and these are the first step of amnagement
Doctor :   it can be easily treated
Doctor :   rest for some time will hl=elp
Doctor :   *help
User :   should i stop the lunging
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   i hope i have solved your query
Doctor :   Do u have any other query ?
User :   not really
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